April dates for DWP pension payments, benefits and cost of living top ups

Some cost of living payments came to an end in March. But many people who receive benefits or the state pension will see their payments increase in April.

A couple of Easter bank holidays have also impacted benefit payment dates, with parents due to receive child benefits sooner than usual.

Knowing when you’ll receive payments and how much you can expect is important for household budgeting.

Therefore, many households are sure to be wondering when they can expect to receive money this month, and how much they will get.

Find out below the benefit payment dates, as well as what’s changing next month.

April dates for benefit payments

Easter Friday (April 7) and Easter Monday (April 10) are bank holidays, so people expecting child benefit payments on April 10 will have received them on April 6 instead.

May 1 is also a bank holiday, so people will receive child benefits on April 28 too.

People expecting other benefit payments on April 10, such as universal credit or jobseeker’s allowance, will also receive their payment early.

Cost of living payments

Last year, the Government announced that people on low-income benefits would receive an additional £900 cost of living payment to be paid in instalments.

The first instalment of £301 is due to be paid in the spring, and the Government has announced that payments will be made between April 25 and May 17.

Payments that ended in March

Cold weather payments were available to eligible households until the end of March, as were the warm home discount payments.

Payments that will increase from April

Working age families will see their benefit payments increase from April, while the benefit cap will increase by 10.1 per cent.

Millions of pensioners will see their state pension increase by 10.1 per cent and the national living wage will increase by 9.7 per cent.